onsdag 28. januar 2009

Pastoral kjærlighet

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks.
Seeing the sheperds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals

And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;

A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs;
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

The shepherds' swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) er ofte omtalt som dikteren som kom i skyggen av Shakespeare. De var født i samme år og skrev på samme tid.
Dette diktet er hentet fra The Norton Anthology of Poetry, fifth ed., W. W. Norton, New York, 2005, (s.256)

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